The Comptroller-General of Immigration, Martin Abeshi, has lambasted the former Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, for claiming that the Service lacked the capacity to produce international passport booklets and the Combined Expatriate Residence Permit and Aliens Card, CERPAC.
The documents are being produced for the NIS by two private firms.
Moro had told the House of Representatives Committee on Interior last Wednesday that the agreements the immigration service had with different private companies were not judiciously implemented.
But the CG, at a news conference on Friday in Abuja, said the NIS had well trained personnel who could produce the international passport booklets and the CERPAC cards.
He said, “Moro is entitled to his opinion. If he says we don’t have capacity to produce international passport, what did he do about that in the period he stayed as minister of interior?
“I don’t believe we don’t have the capacity to produce passports.”
Abeshi, however, announced NIS’s annual conference and stakeholders’ interactive forum between April 6 and April 8, 2016 in Lafia, Nasarawa State.
British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, would speak on “Immigration Practices and Visa Reforms: The UK Experience”, while the Head of European Union Delegation to Nigeria, Michel Arrion, would present a paper on “The Global Migrant Crisis and the African Perspective.”
Others are Senator Monsurat Sunmonu, who would present a paper on “Migration Management through Legislation” and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Olisa Agbakoba, whose paper would be on “Review of the Immigration Act, 2015.